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Another cartoonist under threat…?

February 18, 2006

Help me out here. I don’t understand it.

This —

— is a placard apparently held aloft during a protest outside the Danish Consulate in New York on 17 February. It situates a picture of Australia’s own Michael Leunig, involuntary cartoonist to the Imams, next to one of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Next to Ali is a picture of, as far as I can decipher the text below it, Flemming Rose, editor of Jyllands-Posten.

Not a natural association for Leunig, I would have thought. Perhaps it was a mistake, after all, to withdraw a cartoon so warmly initially welcomed. And he thought the Imams were so sweet — so understanding.

An email popped open; it was the Iranians. They were courteously apologising, they had been co-operative. They cared.

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